Naver to limit comments/likes on news articles after manipulation scandal emerges

Naver, Korea’s most popular Internet portal, announced recently that it would impose limits on the amount of comments and likes that one account can leave.

Naver will only allow up to 50 “likes” or “feel the same way” clicks by one person within a 24 hour period, for comments on news articles carried on its online portal, a corporate executive said. In the past there were no such limits, which made it possible to intentionally distort public opinion about any given topic.

Also, Naver said it will lower the maximum number of comments users can post on an article per day to 3 from the current 20.

This is in response to a recently exposed operation where an individual participated in trying to rig online opinions in order to sway public opinion.

The scandal centers on allegations that a 48-year-old blogger, who goes by the name Druking, used a computer program to mastermind illegal online opinion rigging. The person, whose surname is Kim, is suspected of having ties to a ruling party lawmaker.

The incident has sparked a fierce political dispute ahead of the June 13 local elections, as Rep. Kim Kyoung-soo of the ruling Democratic Party, a close aide to President Moon Jae-in, is known to have been in contact with a key suspect for years.

That whole sajaegi shit? Weak sauce compared to this.

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